Call for innovation initiative sponsors

May 30th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for sponsors for its latest innovative interoperability initiative, Testbed 15. The initiative will use current technology trends to improve the way geospatial information is accessed and shared.

The OGC Innovation Program provides a venue to advance solutions for modelling, finding, accessing, analysing, and visualising geospatial data through using open standards. In addition to enhancing or extending standards, the testbeds provide a platform where sponsors work closely with many geospatial technology providers to rapidly generate prototypes and test environments to address mission-critical geospatial integration and interoperability requirements.

These initiatives result in more than just new and updated standards: outcomes include guides, overviews and best practices for solving critical geospatial interoperability problems. Previous initiatives have helped develop new standards and architectures that have transformed how people share and use geospatial information, from advancing sharing of digital maps over the web (e.g. WMS) to new encodings (e.g. GeoPackage) that are empowering mobile users with powerful geospatial tools.

Building on this work, and looking at how to improve the sharing of geospatial information based on current technology trends, some preliminary areas that Testbed 15 may examine include: Big data analytics, Blockchain, REST interfaces, GeoPackage, workflows on hybrid cloud environments, containers, GeoSemantics (linked data), vector tiles, GeoHealth, smart cities, MapML, Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS), data cubes, and unmanned systems. More areas of interest can be found at OGC’s ideas repository on GitHub.

Sponsoring a testbed has many benefits. Sponsors influence the technology, advancing standards and tools that will be available world-wide. They also get early insight into a particular technology or solution from a team of experts. Sponsors can collectively fund a more robust prototype (e.g. more servers and clients) while complementing their requirements with other sponsor’s requirements.

Contact Luis Bermudez, OGC Innovation Program, lbermudez@opengeospatial.org